The Entrepreneurship Program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offers students practical lessons in business start-up and management with interactive business plans, marketing strategies and community mentorship. Through the New Venture Competition, the campus awards up to $40,000 to the best entrepreneur to bring their dreams to reality. To date, the entrepreneurship program and New Venture Competition have assisted in the launch of many business ventures across northeast Indiana in industries from automotive, to culinary, to fashion, to manufacturing.
Elevate Origins Pre-Seed and Seed Programs provide virtual group learning, one-on-one coaching and live pitch practice to startups. The Elevate Origins Pre-Seed Program is specifically for startups that have not yet generated revenue. Aspiring entrepreneurs who may not have a business idea yet, or instructors of entrepreneurship classes that are looking to supplement their classwork with institutional investor-designed programming, are also encouraged to participate and will find value in the content.
Elevate Nexus provides resources and thought leadership to Indiana higher-education institutions and the entrepreneurs they engage. Elevate Nexus Pitch Competitions offer promising startups, preferably engaged with Elevate Nexus partnered colleges and universities, the opportunity to secure foundational capital needed to launch their businesses. $2.3M is awarded each year through pitch competitions.
Aha is a platform powered by a global community of industry professionals in the creative sector. Through this platform, Aha provides virtual access to knowledge and resources for the next generation of filmmakers, animators, writers, creative entrepreneurs, and more.
Indiana PTAC works directly with Indiana small businesses in obtaining and performing under federal, state, and local government contracts. We provide procurement technical assistance to help you sell your products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling services and workshops at no cost. The core of our procurement assistance program is counseling and education.
Founders Spark is an organization dedicated to introducing new and aspiring entrepreneurs, hustlers, and go-getters into the startup community as well as providing them the tools they need to succeed. We are committed to helping anyone who is at the beginning stages of their business or simply has an interest in becoming an entrepreneur
The NIIC’s mission is to fuel great ideas, people and companies. Our vision is to grow and inspire global business builders. We move business builders confidently in the direction of achieving their dreams.
Believe in a Dream’s vision is to empower the next generation to build a better tomorrow. Our annual Pave the Path Young Leaders Summit helps high school students grow their leadership and entrepreneurship skills – plus provides them mentorship. Our Young Visionaries Fellowship students conduct entrepreneurial projects to make their community or the world a better place. Our Young Entrepreneur Awards recognize outstanding student business owners.
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana (JANI) helps prepare today’s students for a bright future by promoting workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through hands-on educational programs.
JANI’s expanding entrepreneurial initiatives include opportunities for grade school through college to participate in the Young Entrepreneur Marketplace, Lemonade Day, and Young Entrepreneur Summer Camp. To highlight area entrepreneurs that have already had a taste of business success, the ABC21 Young Entrepreneur Spotlight features share their story with the local TV viewing area. These spotlights air monthly on ABC21 WPTA.
Local entrepreneurs can engage in the JA 100+Entrepreneurs initiative, which places over 100 entrepreneurs in area high school classrooms for a one- hour class period to connect and share their story, advice and the importance of business creation within their community.
To find out more, go to www.jani.org or contact Karen Cooper at [email protected].
WEOC’s mission is to help women-owned and led founders to start, grow and scale their businesses and ventures. Our vision is to be known as the most trusted business building resource in Northeast Indiana for women-owned businesses.